After being absent for years from the smartphone market, Microsoft is back with a phone Service Duo (Surface Duo) that is running on Android system, and with a foldable design, as the phone includes a double screen that folds in the middle like a book.
This step is considered a major challenge for Microsoft in the smartphone market after a long absence, as the Surface Duo phone comes at a time when foldable phones are gaining attention, and most smart phone manufacturers are racing to capture the largest share of this market.
Microsoft launched Surface Duo on September 10 Starting at $ 1,400And while it includes two screens that facilitate the performance of multitasking that require working on larger screens, and can be folded in the middle as a book, and easily carried in the pocket, it lacks some of the features found in leading phones.
Today we will review the most important features that Microsoft’s (Surface Duo) foldable phone supports, as well as the disadvantages:
First; Main features:
1- Flexible, Versatile Design:
The Surface Duo phone comes with an elegant and flexible design that is one of its best features, as it opens and closes like: a book, allowing you to open it at a 90-degree angle like a laptop computer to use as a second screen throughout the day, or hold it as a book to read what you want from e-books in an application (Kindle) from Amazon.
All this thanks to the hinges that can rotate 360 degrees in the phone, and which enables the two screens to be bent back so that the device can take a variety of positions.
There is no doubt that the ability to take multiple forms, in addition to the large total screen area that you get from a phone that can fold in the middle, makes it one of the best foldable phones out there, but is that enough?
2- Better than expected battery:
Most reviews of the Surface Duo indicated that its battery life was much better than expected, although the phone works with a 3577 mAh battery, a capacity that is relatively small, especially when running two screens, but it continued to work all day with moderate use It also supports fast charging of 18 watts.
Of course, it is important to remember that battery life will always vary depending on how you use your device, but according to reviews of some technical websites, the battery continued to work throughout the day, and 30% of the charge remained for the next day while using the phone to check e-mail, browse the web, and chat with colleagues. Work with Slack, plus play some videos.
3- Promising software features to take advantage of the two screens:
In the Surface Duo phone, Microsoft not only gathered two screens together, but also modified the interface of the Android operating system so that it looks similar to the Windows 10X system that its folding tablet (Surface Neo) works on, making the phone support many features that allow the work of Applications run smoothly across both screens.
Some applications such as: the (Kindle) application from Amazon, and the Microsoft Office toolkit and applications have been improved to work well on both screens, for example: The Kindle application includes animations when turning the page to provide an experience of reading a printed book. News from Microsoft Browse headlines in one screen while you follow Teams on the other screen.
4- Stronger screens, bigger screen overall:
If your goal is to have a large screen phone, Surface Duo offers you two 5.6-inch AMOLED screens, each with a resolution of 1800 x 1350 pixels, and a density of 401 pixels per inch, folded inward with the ability to rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to open it completely to become a 8.1-inch tablet with a resolution of 2700 x 1800 pixels.
in addition to; There is a layer of (Corning Gorilla) glass on the screens to protect from scratches and bumps, and this is unlike what the competing foldable phones offer, such as: Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which includes a polymer screen made especially for the phone, which is very sensitive and vulnerable to damage.
1- The operating system has some problems:
Microsoft’s Surface Duo runs on Android 10, which Microsoft modified its interface to run more than one application simultaneously, and this is generally good when switching between phone modes, but there is some delay in response.
This is especially noticeable when using the camera app, since the phone does not have a back camera so you need to physically turn the device over to switch between the back camera and the front camera.
2- A camera that cannot be compared to the cameras in leading phones:
The powerful multi-lens camera has become a major selling feature for smartphones, and despite all the previous features, Microsoft introduced in the Surface Duo an 11-megapixel single-lens camera that you can use as a rear and front camera at the same time.
When looking at the price of the phone, which starts at $ 1400, and comparing it to any leading phone in 2019 or 2020 from Google, Samsung, or Apple, you will find that these phones come with a multi-lens rear camera, including: the wide-angle lens, the telephoto lens, and the depth-sensing lens, so we find that Microsoft She needs to work on developing her phone’s camera during the upcoming releases to be able to compete.